FAQ

Whether you are new to chiropractic or have attended a chiropractor in the past, here are some questions that are often asked about chiropractic and a few questions that you might ask pertaining specifically to what you can expect at my clinic.

Frequently asked questions

How can a chiropractor help you?


More and more, evidence supports early referral and assessment of musculoskeletal pain patients to an appropriately qualified musculoskeletal clinician such as a chiropractor. Chiropractors are not only trained to treat musculoskeletal pain patients, they are also trained to facilitate health promotion and lifestyle advice, rehabilitation and patient education.

People seek chiropractic care for all sorts of musculoskeletal pain including back pain, neck pain and headaches, as well as for general health and wellbeing.




What do chiropractors do?


It seems that many people think that the only thing chiropractors do is "click" joints. In reality we do much more. In my clinic I diagnose your problem and explain to you what it is and how I will treat it. Treatment will consist of a variety of possible modalities which may include spinal adjustment, but also includes mobilisation, massage, muscle and soft tissue techniques along with electrotherapies such as ultrasound, exercise prescription, rehabilitation, nutritional recommendations and lifestyle advice. These have been shown to be of benefit to people with a range of musculoskeletal conditions. If the diagnosis indicates that your condition does not fall within the scope of chiropractic, you will be referred to your general practioner or some other appropriate health practioner and we will work together to meet your needs.




Is chiropractic care safe?


Chiropractors use skill, not force or strength to conduct specific chiropractic adjustments. I also use various types of manual therapy and low force interventions where appropriate such as massage techniques (both manual and vibratory), ultrasound, mobilisation techniques and occasionally an adjusting instrument for certain cases. Chiropractic care has a very low risk profile, especially when compared with more invasive methods of healthcare however, as with all forms of health care treatment, there is the possibility for adverse reactions in some people.




What is a chiropractic adjustment?


In many cases I do "adjust" joints which may or may not result in a "click" sound. When that happens I am not puttiing a bone back in place as is often thought but rather I am mobilising fixated joints or, in other words, joints that aren't moving and functioning as they should be. Fixated joints are often a source of pain and discomfort. They can also affect endurance. There are many ways to adjust the spine. Usually I use my hands or sometimes a specially designed instrument to deliver a brief and highly-accurate thrust. Some adjusting methods are quick, whereas others require a slow, constant or indirect pressure.Restoring better spinal function can help decrease pain, improve mobility, vitality, and endurance.




Am I too old or too young for chiropractic care?


There is no age limit on chiropractic and more and more people are consulting chiropractors, especially in their later years. In order to deliver the safest, most effective and highest quality care possible, chiropractic techniques are modified appropriately for each person at every age and stage of life.




Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?


While brief discomfort after an adjustment can occur, it is rare and most people find having an adjustment very relaxing. With some adjustments you may sometimes feel or hear a popping sound from the spinal joints. This is simply caused by a change in pressure in the joint, as spinal movement is improved. Sometimes the change in pressure does not occur resulting in no sound but the adjustment will still be effective in mobilising the joint. Sometimes the treatment of choice is to use a hand-held instrument to adjust the spine. Othertimes wedges or blocks are used to help realign parts of the body. Whatever the technique, chiropractors use skill, not force or strength, to care for people with the highest degree of safety and effectiveness.




How are chiropractors educated?


In Australia, chiropractors share a common tertiary education pathway with osteopaths and physiotherapists and chiropractic education involves undergraduate and/or masters-level university training over five years.

All accredited chiropractic programs in Australia include units in basic and clinical sciences. Also included are units in physical therapy, physical rehabilitation, radiology, nutrition, paediatrics, geriatrics, public health and evidence-based practice.

As with other primary healthcare professions, chiropractic pre-professional training requires a significant proportion of the curricula to be clinical subjects related to evaluating and caring for patients. As part of professional training, final-year students must also complete a minimum of a one-year supervised clinical internship.

All registered chiropractors must complete mandatory continuing education each year in order to maintain registration and practice as a non-pharmacological, non-surgical spine care and musculoskeletal-allied healthcare professional.




Are chiropractors regulated?


All chiropractors must be registered with the Chiropractic Board of Australia and meet the Board’s registration standards, in order to practise in Australia.

Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory, a person cannot claim to be a chiropractor or undertake manipulation of the cervical spine if they are not registered with the Chiropractic Board of Australia.





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